Aug. 26: Carson City to Indian Springs – 400 miles of Desert


I call this one “Sunrise Through a Dirty Windshield” from my Jackson Pollack period. (Look him up, kids. Anyway, we got up at 3:00 AM this morning and left Carson City.  The smoke was so thick from the Yosemite fires we could hardly breathe. 002There are those who say that the desert has its own stark beauty. This should prove that.024

It was a LONG 400 miles.  I kept hoping to see an antelope or a jackrabbit or a roadrunner or even a snake, but I saw no creatures of any kind.005

Okay, enough “stark”.  I need some “beauty”.  Needless to say the landscape was a little monotonous, but the road was excellent and we made good time.  The only difficult thing about today’s drive was the wind, which blew constantly at about 30 MPH.  It was cool, however.  Eight days ago the temperature here in Indian Springs was 118!009

Until today, I had not realized that clowns have their own motels!  Isn’t that discrimination???007

At least they can’t complain about the rates.008

Do the bikers have to be clowns, too?  Or do the clowns have to be bikers?  Okay, I’m being silly.020

We passed through several old mining towns.  Jerry says this is a water wagon.012013010011022

At first, I thought this was some kind of children’s ride, but I am told it was used to pull the ore carts out of the mine.015I’m not sure what “muckers” refers to.  The only kind of mucking that I know about involves a stable and a shovel.028

This place offered not only info on Area 51, but also companionship for the evening for a small fee.034

This seems as if it would be a nice place.039

This ominous sign is on a concrete wall about 20 feet from the edge of the Indian Springs RV Park.  We are right next to Creech AFB. Entering would be quite a feat since the wall is 8′ tall and topped with concertina wire.  Of course, Area 51 is only about 35 miles from here.  The park manager says that he sees weird lights in the sky all the time.038

This is a predator drone training facility.  According to Wikipedia, Creech AFB is the command and control facility used “to engage in daily Overseas Contingency Operations…of remotely piloted aircraft systems which fly missions across the globe.”  It also has the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Battlelab, associated aerial warfare ground equipment, and unmanned aerial vehicles of the type used in Afghanistan and Iraq.  It is also the aerial training site of the USAF Thunderbirds.040041

These last two photos are of Ospreys.  They can land and take off vertically.

1 comment
  1. Tom and Gloria said:

    Hi, What a hoot, we stayed at the Clown Motel in Tonopah….we believe it was in 2003 on our way back from Texas that year!!! Gloria and Tom

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